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Options September 15, 2011: w/ Jonathan Ward of Excavated Shellac [10:30AM]

Jonathan Ward is the collector, researcher, and writer behind Excavated Shellac, an incredible online resource for folkloric and vernacular music from around the world. In addition to offering digitized 78rpm recordings for free at his website (and preserved on the Free Music Archive), Excavated Shellac has begun to curate compilations for Dust to Digital. Last year's Strings LP compiled "guitar, oud, tar, violin and more from the 78rpm era". On deck is Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm, a 4-disc set of over 100 previously unissued recordings dating as far back as 1909, accompanied by a 112-page softcover book.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
Flipper  Talk's Cheap   Options         0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Cheb Zergui  Ana Dellali (I Cuddle Myself)   Options 1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground  Sublime Frequencies      0:02:17 (Pop‑up)
Lukas Ligeti  Balafon Dance System   Options Afrikan Machinery  Tzadik      0:07:18 (Pop‑up)
Andrew McGraw  Powerhouse   Options Kolaborasi  Porter    *   0:14:25 (Pop‑up)
Klimperei  Groupe Topologique   Options Octogonale Impérative  Gazul  + Pierre Bastien  *   0:18:17 (Pop‑up)
Buk Buk Bigups  Group Zeffe   Options Big Big Fuckups (2011)    Free Music Archive    0:20:36 (Pop‑up)
Katibe 5  Hatta Isha'aarin Akhar   Options Golden Beirut: New Sounds From Lebanon [V/A]  Out/Here    *   0:24:10 (Pop‑up)
Eric Copeland  UFO's Over Vampire City   Options         0:27:53 (Pop‑up)
Dan Melchior Und Das Menace  Poison Pete's Holiday   Options Catbirds & Cardinals  Northern-Spy    *   0:31:27 (Pop‑up)
Royal Headache  Down The Lane   Options Royal Headache  R.I.P. Society    *   0:33:26 (Pop‑up)
Cult of Youth  The Dead Sea   Options Cult of Youth  Sacred Bones    *   0:36:23 (Pop‑up)
Googoosh  Talagh   Options Googoosh  B-Music / Finders Keepers    *   0:39:41 (Pop‑up)
Noveller  Blue   Options Glacial Glow  Weird Forest    *   0:52:41 (Pop‑up)
Pyrolator  Another Drippy Day   Options Neuland  Bureau B    *   0:56:42 (Pop‑up)
The Oscillation  The 3rd Harmonic   Options Future Echo  All Time Low    *   1:07:00 (Pop‑up)
Liquid Liquid  Zero Leg   Options Liquid Liquid    Salvatore P will be live on Therese's show!    1:08:02 (Pop‑up)
The Ex  Huriyet   Options Turn  Touch and Go      1:10:13 (Pop‑up)
Hadramy Ould Medeh  La Mone   Options Kamlat 7"  Mississippi    *   1:14:38 (Pop‑up)
Tlahoun Gèssèssè  Lantchi Biye   Options Ethiopiques Volume 17  Buda Musique      1:19:36 (Pop‑up)
Lulcide ould Dendenni  Wezin   Options Wallahi le Zein!! Wezin, Jakwar, and Guitar Boogie from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (V/A)  Latitude    *   1:23:02 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:






1:26:14 (Pop‑up)
Excavated Shellac DJ Set
Mbongue Diboue  Tu Nja Tengene Elie   Options Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm  Dust-to-Digital      1:31:33 (Pop‑up)
Orbert Nentambo Zahke  Nongqangoa Lishonile   Options Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm  Dust-to-Digital  Dust to Digital
South Africa
*   1:41:14 (Pop‑up)
Abdu Owiti  Stephen Opio   Options Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm  Dust-to-Digital    *   1:42:19 (Pop‑up)
Sundaram Balachander  Dayapayonidhe Pt 2   Options Excavated Shellac: Strings - Guitar, Oud, Tar, Violin, And More From The 78 RPM Era  Parlortone/Dust-to-Digital      2:03:11 (Pop‑up)
Semmangudi Sirinvasa Iyer  Ethavunara, Pt 2   Options 78 RPM        2:03:41 (Pop‑up)
T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai  Raga Alapana Todi   Options 78 RPM        2:04:17 (Pop‑up)
Cheikh Said Relizani  Denhar Mabrouk (Blessed Day)   Options     Algeria, 1940    2:21:43 (Pop‑up)
Zohra El-Fassia  Erraad   Options     Morocco, b. 1905    2:24:13 (Pop‑up)
Raoul Journo  Tekellemit Kelemtine ("Spoke two words"   Options         2:27:13 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:




talking about jewish north african musicians, and the female rai performer Chikhah Remitti, and more! 


2:29:31 (Pop‑up)
Rizaja + Islami  Lace Kolonja   Options     Albanian musician, recorded in Turkey about 1928    2:36:24 (Pop‑up)
Myskal Omurkanova  Oilo Sen   Options     w/ komuz (fretless lute) 1954    2:38:30 (Pop‑up)
An ki-ok + Kin Yin Kua  Janggochum   Options     North Korea 1947    2:42:58 (Pop‑up)
Ranaivo + Troupe  Avelao My Fonay!   Options 78 RPM    Madagascar    2:49:58 (Pop‑up)
Les Tamarii-Tahiti  Haere Roa Roa   Options     1963 Tahiti    2:50:34 (Pop‑up)
E.K.s Band  Suro Onipa (Be Careful of People)   Options Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm  Dust-to-Digital  comes out Next Month! http://dust-digital.com/africa    2:58:31 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  9:03am Dead Corporate Eyes:

hey there Jason. hi Flipper!
  9:04am Cheri Pi:

Good Morning Jason and the world!
  9:11am jason:

good morning DCE, Cheri Pi, it's going to be a great day! JW of Excavated Shellac (excavatedshellac.com) stops by at 10:30 to play incredible international 78rpm records and debut tracks off the 4cd boxset "Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm"
  9:15am Dead Corporate Eyes:

sounds like fun!
  9:15am Cheri Pi:

I can't wait!!
  9:17am Dead Corporate Eyes:

(the Ohio contingent is in da house!)
  9:27am R I S K Y:

  9:36am Cecile:

morning, all!
  9:40am Dead Corporate Eyes:

Hi Cecile
  9:43am dc pat:

what's up with the Jason and the Argonauts theme on the home page?..
  9:50am Andrew:

nice music ^_^
  9:52am Tom G:

Mornin Jason! Royal Headache ... whooo hooo.
  9:56am jason:

mornin Cecile, RISKY, Andrew, Tom G, DC Pat and all Free Speechers!
  9:57am Cecile:

morning, Jason!
  9:58am BSI:

What it is!
  10:01am postmanpaul:

Another drippy day, another trippy hey! is what it is!
  10:01am dc pat:

Just what exactly is your relation to the Argonauts?
  10:04am postmanpaul:

We are with Jason, all the way, we are the aganoortwhatsits. Just hope we don't get fleeced this time round.
  10:05am dc pat:

oh man, I'm gonna be spending TONS of time at Excavated Shellac...
  10:05am s-hizzle:

Hey Jason - one question for JW: has he ever heard his 78's in a time or space he wasn't expecting to encounter them? As in, I heard a construction worker on the street whistling/singing one of the songs from Excavated Shellac that's on the FMA.
  10:06am Mike East:

Hey everybody! Nice wahwah!
  10:08am Cheri Pi:

This Pyrolator songs reminds me of Crash's Vaughan's Ballad and that's a good thing.
  10:08am postmanpaul:

Me tons too dc pat, high res pics too.
  10:12am Cecile:

  10:16am jeff:

salaam jason. dang, i missed googoosh!
  10:16am Cecile:

It was funny, I was watching a Cooking Channel show about an Ethiopian restaurant, and thanks to WFMU and the Ex I knew the music behind them was all wrong - it was South African township music!
  10:17am Andrew:

I haven't even scratched the surface of the FMA and now there's another cool music site? O_O
I'll be on here for weeks! ^_^
  10:20am tim (soon) from Champaign:

Yes! It's an awesome feeling to be listening to the day shows in real time. I've been exiled to Lubbock, TX for the past 9 months. WFMU has kept me sane and connected while living in the most backwards place I've ever been in. I'm moving back to the midwest this weekend. Screw you, Perry!
  10:21am postmanpaul:

Sabbah el kheer Jason, loooooving the show, chiselling away a block of limestone here. Love listening to workers playtime.
  10:23am Dead Corporate Eyes:

still chiseling I see, postman. keep at it!
  10:23am Cheri Pi:

I've always wanted to bring a a stack of Ethiopiques to the restaurant in town, they play the worst music...
  10:25am Dead Corporate Eyes:

@ tim; if this country elects that guy....
  10:26am p ierre:

i've totally missed the begining of this show, Jason will you ever forgive me ?
  10:28am postmanpaul:

Am struggling 'caus a trillion year old mollusc decided to finally rest for ever in the middle of a Capital M....dodgy tricky business D C Eyers.
  10:30am tim (soon) from Champaign:

You're tellng me, buddy! Austin may have job growth but the rest of the state is skeeerewed up horribly.
  10:32am Parq:

Whew, made it back to the desk in time for this segment. Closing my door and turning it up.
  10:32am Andrew:

It's 12.32 at night here. I was waiting for this african music part. ^_^
  10:33am jeff:

most would be happy to discover a trillion year old mollusc in the process of doing their daily task
  10:34am Salat:

Hey Jason, I was wondering if Jonathan has ever seen the Jean Rouch film "Jaguar" and if he has does he have the song of that title? I've been looking for that song for 15 years since I first saw the film in university.
  10:37am Carmichael:

Hi Jason, hi diaspora.
  10:41am Jesse from boston:

Hi to Jonathan, great to see your discussion last week at cafe fixe
  10:42am Cecile:

Thank god musical taste has nothing to do with cooking ability or I would never go out to eat.

Cheri, maybe they heard so much of it growing up they want to listen to something else. :D
  10:42am Brian in UK:

Hello Jason & Jonathan, are there plans to release Opika Pende in the UK? Sounds wonderful.
  10:43am Carmichael:

Hey Paul, is your postal system as screwed, blued and tattooed as the US Mail? We're about to raise the white flag and call in UPS or FedEx.
  10:45am Cecile:

Wow, really? Because it's sad if that is the case - the USPS has really stepped up its game. It's easier to hold stuff on vacation, order supplies than it's ever been.
  10:48am Carmichael:

Here's an article: http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/business/The-United-States-Postal-Service-Warns-of-Default-129500453.html
  10:49am Dead Corporate Eyes:

well, the USPS is figuring out too late that they need to be competitive. it's unfortunate as hell.
  10:52am postmanpaul:

It's going in the same direction here Carm, but poss' for different reasons...the BBC will be next.... and then the National health sevice...
  10:55am postmanpaul:

The people are happy with the service, I should add. As an employee, however, we are a little nervous at the moment.
  10:59am postmanpaul:

@ Jason, now tell me, where in Cairo were you shopping for those 78's. Was it Mohandissean perhaps, or Zamelic?! Prey reveal.
  11:00am Andrew:

I buy stuff from the US a lot & it's not too bad, seems to be quicker, years ago it was slowwww. (to australia)
I'd get stuff from the UK in half the time.
  11:01am dc pat:

If you get rid of national health, send it over here.
  11:02am postmanpaul:

Half the time! Did you hear that Carm!
  11:03am BSI:

Holy gobbling hell, that last piece.......
  11:04am BSI:

see previous comment, re: now THIS piece........
  11:06am Brian in UK:

Mail from FMU to here usually take 7-10 days. I sent a packet to Peru recently it took no more than 10 days much to my surprise. Especially as I paid surface mail!!!
  11:08am Andrew:

I did once have a small item (DVD I think) arrive in less than a week from the US, i think 5 or 6 days. That was pretty fast.
This instrument sounds like a blowfly trapped in a bottle with a kazoo.
  11:10am postmanpaul:

I erm, have a confession to make, I have some reasonably high pollen-count Moroccan export quality pipe tobacco tobacco with me here in the workshop. We're getting on fine..
  11:10am Brian in UK:

  11:11am Mining the Audio Motherlode:

I'm a huge nadaswaram fan and an even bigger Excavated Shellac fan. Thanks for all your amazing work, Jonathan!
  11:13am Andrew:

the blowfly sounding one is a Nadaswaram?
  11:16am Parq:

Just looking over the news piece on the inadvertently revealed plan to turn NHS management over to private firms. Even worst case scenario, it still wouldn't devolve to the level of the greedhead grab bag that is US health care.
  11:17am Andrew:

I have left comments on some blog type sites about music I've downloaded. I guess it depends if you have an account, or if the blog lets you leave a comment without signing up.
  11:18am Brian in UK:

Jonathan come to the UK and spread the word. It does seem to have obsessive potential but I guess you have to weigh up the joy of listening to the music against that.
  11:19am Andrew:

hehe, I was gonna mention, 365 days project is one i've left comments on ^_^
  11:20am Parq:

I'm with Andrew - if a blog requires registration to comment, I usually skip it. I'm actually registered at Blogspot, and can never remember my login info.
  11:23am Carmichael:

Parq, that's what Hotmail is for. I have so many e-mail accounts I can't keep 'em straight.
  11:23am dc pat:

if we just had the public option...
  11:26am Andrew:

365 days project is how I found out about WFMU. I found out about 365 days project via some CD my friend gave me (it was similar to Songs in the Key of Z, but not that one) some good (& weird) stuff on there.

This song is nice.
  11:33am Carmichael:

I gave Irwin's Key of Z book to a friend as a holiday gift, and now he's hooked on FMU. Another friend uploaded all the songs from the FMU thumb drive I got via the last pledge drive. He's still in "intrigued" mode, but hasn't fully taken the plunge.
  11:38am Brian in UK:

Hey Jonathan, have you not got anything obscure!!! Did Greenland ever produce 78s?
  11:38am NEUstudio:

A little bit slower and it sounds Greek.
Good morning from Athens Greece.
  11:38am Louisville Dan:

Listening in Louisville, KY. Wonderful show today.
  11:38am abby in france:

sorry, which ones were the jews again? i'm getting the names mixed up.
  11:39am Andrew:

Incorrect Music...that's what it was...my friends CD was from there & then i found out about 365 days project, then WFMU
it's all good ^_^
(some of those industrial corporate recordings are weird & some are catchy. Some are almost full blown musicals about products)
  11:39am annie:

i really have been listening and it's been great!!
  11:40am jason:

Hi Abby, Zohra El-Fassia and Raoul Journo
  11:42am Ike:

  11:42am abby in france:

thanks jason, thanks jonathan, great music!!
  11:45am Brian in UK:

I bought Sprigs of Time from Honest Jons a cupla years ago. Wonderful comp. all 78s.
  11:48am dc pat:

Alright Louisville Dan, I was born in Looahvull.
  11:48am Lewis:

ditto @abby in france - this is very cool!
  11:49am kim in germany:

awesome show ! thanks
  11:51am Cecile:

Jonathan, do you have any Samoan or Maori 78s? Their harmonies are amazing.
  11:51am Parq:

Generally, I don't visit music blogs as much as I used to -- kind of overwhelmed by the amount of worthy content out there. I do want to thank Jason and Jonathan for this illuminating and enjoyable show. On to Joe and chord-crunchers.
  11:52am Cecile:

Ahahahahaha. Tahiti! answered my question.
  11:52am Carmichael:

Today, it's on to Dennis Diken sitting in. Probably equal amount of crunching.
  11:54am Cecile:

Carm, Dennis tends to go a little suaver than Our Joe. More studiio. pop. Equally great, different vibe.
  11:55am Andrew:

this tahitian music is awesome
  11:55am Parq:

Sigh -- what I get for not checking the home page. On to Dennis and suave chord crunchers.
  11:55am Brian in UK:

Top job Jason.
  11:58am Andrew:

this has been a great show. Really interesting. Thanks guys! ^_^
  11:58am Cecile:

Maori have some lovely sweeter celebrartory songs as well as haka. I have a couple of recordings of more modern Maori club singers singing more folky songs and their amazing. The NZ way with a melody runs deep.
  11:59am Cecile:

and thank you for bringing your knowledge and records, Jonathan.
  12:01pm pierre:

from what i've managed to catch up, this rock threw some serious wood !
  4:04pm Jonathan:

Thanks everyone for listening - and thanks to Jason for asking me on the show!
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